John Merrick Rayner RD, RNR

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16 Sep 1927 S.Lt.
13 Apr 1932 Lt.
13 Apr 1940 Lt.Cdr.
??? A/Cdr.
31 Dec 1945 Cdr.
31 Dec 1952 Capt.

Retired: 21 Jun 1960


Nov 1941 RD
11 Jun 1946 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)

Warship Commands listed for John Merrick Rayner, RNR

HMS Petunia (K 79)Lt.Cdr.Corvette15 Jan 19425 Dec 1942
HMS Meon (K 269)Lt.Cdr.Frigate2 Nov 19437 Feb 1944
HMS Sarawak (K 591)Lt.Cdr.FrigateApr 194415 Mar 1945

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Corvette HMS Petunia (K 79)

23 Sep 1942
German U-boat U-125 torpedoed and sank the British merchant Bruy?re southwest of Freetown in position 04°55'N, 17°16'W. 27 of the survivors were later picked up by the British corvette HMS Petunia (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rayner, RD, RNR) and landed at Freetown.

7 Oct 1942
HMS Petunia (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rayner, RD, RNR) picks up 248 survivors from the British passenger ship Andalucia Star that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-107 about 200 nautical miles south-west of Freetown in position 06°38'N, 15°46'W.

11 Oct 1942
HMS Petunia (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rayner, RD, RNR) picks up 126 survivors from the British merchant Agapenor that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-87 about 180 nautical miles south of Freetown in position 06°53'N, 15°23'W.

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